Why did this happen? Well, after studying The Egoscue Method I learned that my body wasn’t functional. In other words, my feet, hips, knees, shoulders and head were all out of alignment, which resulted in a recipe for disaster. However, running was (and remains) my passion and I never stopped. In fact, no one could tell me to stop. No headphones and no running partners, I kept it simple: Just my body, my breathing, a will to burn some calories, break a sweat and release some endorphins for serious stress relief. However, I knew that I needed to take responsibility for my body, but my ever-present dysfunctions had resulted in arthritis in my traumatized and twice-surgically repaired right knee. Knee doctors told me “no more running”, and “well, you can run but we’ll replace the knee when you’re 50 years old”. Foot doctors outfitted me with orthotics, ultimately making my back hurt. I wasn’t hearing any of that.
Amazingly, what enabled me to keep lacing up my running shoes was a willingness to perform an Egoscue menu prior to my running. However, the lack of consistent commitment to a menu kept me from achieving true function, so although I went running occasionally, knee pain and foot pain always subsided thereafter.